I second Nancy's advice. Any Half Marathon training program out there requires a fitness base... the following is from Hal Higdons Half Marathon training plan
"BEFORE STARTING TO TRAIN FOR A HALF MARATHON, you need to possess a basic fitness level. And if you are over age 35, you probably should see your doctor for a physical examination. But assuming no major problems, most healthy people can train themselves to complete a 13.1-mile race.
The following schedule assumes you have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If that seems difficult, consider a shorter distance for your first race--or take more time to develop an endurance base......"
6 months is FAR too short to go from a non runner to 13.1 miles. even walking such a distance would be potentially problematic.
My advice to you would be to do a slow build up by doing shorter races first ... here is why....
1) Race Experience - there are things that you need to learn to make your event experience smooth and as problem free as possible. You really do not want a half marathon to be the first race you have ever done... all it takes is a bad experience at a major event to turn your first half into your last half.
2) Physical Fitness - It takes a long time to build the necessary fitness, endurance, and strength to complete 13.1 miles. From 1 mile to 10K (6.2 miles) is mostly the same with the exception of needing to simply build the endurance to do so. Your world will change once you venture beyond 10K. Fueling will become an issue that will need to be addressed to cope with blood sugar depletion and bonking at around mile 9.
The whole point of doing an event like this is to bring yourself to a whole new level of fitness, not to train in such a way that will promote burn out and injury. It is VERY easy to get an injury form doing too much too soon...trust me, I have learned the hard way the perils of over training concerning distance.
The running injury club is one club you do NOT want a membership to. Once you join, it will always haunt your steps.
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